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Lorane is a census-designated place (CDP) in Exeter Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 4,236 at the 2010 census. Located on the Schuylkill River, US Route 422 runs through the town.
Lorane was originally called Exeter Station, until the great Exeter train wreck of 1899 prompted a name change. The present name most likely was derived from Lorraine, in France. A post office was established at Exeter Station in 1861, the post office was renamed Lorane in 1900, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1955.
Lorane is located at 40°17′40″N 75°51′10″W (40.294389, -75.852656).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2), all of it land.
At the 2000 census there were 2,994 people, 1,160 households, and 864 families living in the CDP. The population density was 1,899.6 people per square mile (731.6/km2). There were 1,206 housing units at an average density of 765.2/sq mi (294.7/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 96.46% White, 1.97% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.60% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.34%.
There were 1,160 households, 31.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.3% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.5% were non-families.